An instructional design approach to updating an online course curriculum

Posted by / 02-Feb-2016 14:48

Many of the results of this study should not surprise anyone who is in touch with the concerns and stresses faculty face.

Although I do not want to anticipate the results of the survey, some things are already becoming clear, especially about blended learning.Online learning's growth shows no signs of slowing.Additionally, 5.8 million students are enrolled in online courses and the number of students who are enrolled exclusively in distance education is rising.Your challenge is in trying to figure out what your audience needs before they ever press a button.For example, Millennials (born between 1996 and later) often prefer to consume content that’s summarized, succinct, and heavily supported by videos and graphics (think VOX), whereas Boomers (born between 19) usually prefer lots of text-based information, with extensive case studies and examples (think Harvard Business Review).

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As instructional designers, you have an interesting conundrum: how do you balance these differing learning preferences with the need to create standardized courses that will work for multiple audiences?

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